Hershel T Russell, RP, MEd, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto
I am not currently accepting new clients. It can be pretty daunting to imagine telling a stranger about deeply personal issues. And will it really help? In my own life and in the lives of my clients I have so often seen counseling ease the difficulties life throws at us, make the way forward a little clearer, lay old hurts to rest. If you and I together can build a trusting, respectful "working alliance", I'd say - and much research agrees - that it's likely to make a difference in your life.
I listen well -- I really pay attention -- but I don't just sit there: it's a dialogue, a duet. Clients come with different issues - depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship difficulties. Many are grappling with their sexual orientation or gender identity, or someone they love is "coming out" or "transitioning".
I am an older transgender man (FtM), cheerfully at home in my own skin, and in the LGBTQ ("Gay") world. I raised two children. I often provide trainings for health care providers and educators on work with trans people and with the families of "gender creative" children and trans teens.
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  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: OISE University of Toronto
  • Year Graduated: 2008
  • License No. and State: 001180 Ontario


  • Avg Cost (per session): $110 - $130
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Green Shield Canada
  • SSQ Financial Group
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Membership: Ontario Soc of Psychotherapist/Clinical member
  • Member Since: 1994


  • Depression
  • Transgender
  • Relationship Issues


  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Parenting
  • Parenting gender-independent children/te
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Affirmative counselling for trans people
  • Couples counselling
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Feminist
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Narrative
  • Parenting transgender children/teens
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016
Hershel T Russell, RP, MEd, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto

Hershel T Russell

Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd